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I am so happy being married and living with my best friend. We adopted our first child, Ari, in 2011 through a domestic adoption and our second, Jude, in 2014.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

A Message to Shane From Mike

"It's not Orange Shane, it's Mango."


Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Spring seems to have arrived here in Oklahoma! And hopefully it's not a trick but is here to stay! I am so very happy about this! You will never hear me say I love winter. In fact, I come pretty close to despising it. It may be due to my spoiled, pathetic nature (I blame my parents), but I just don't do well in the cold. But Spring!! I absolutely love it! It is by far my most favorite season. The warm weather, the colors, the shorts and short sleeves, the flowers, the wonderful holidays (Easter and, of course, my birthday!) I just simply love it all. Everyone is more cheerful, coming out of the dark, cold winter times. It's all just so wonderful to me. So, needless to say, I am a very happy camper right now! :)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

We're Engaged!!

Here's the story:

On Friday night, one of my friend’s, Roxanne, had asked me to go to Starbucks with her on Saturday night, so I said sure. Then on Saturday Mike and I had celebrated our 2-year anniversary together all day long, so, naturally, after that day had ended around 8:30 that night I was very tired. Well, a little less than an hour after that Roxanne called me saying she was ready to go to Starbucks. I tried telling her that I was very tired and didn’t really feel like going, but she was very persistent about me going! I was so confused and couldn’t figure out why going to Starbucks was such a big deal! She ended our phone conversation by saying, “Vanessa, I am going to be at your dorm in five minutes. Get downstairs!” So when she hung up I called Mike and told him what was going on. I just kept saying things like, “She’s being so mean to me! She’s trying to force me to go to Starbucks!” and Mike was just laughing and laughing. I kept saying to him, “It’s not funny! She’s gonna come beat me up if I don’t go!!” He just kept telling me that I should go and that I would have fun. So we got off the phone and Roxanne called saying she was at my dorm and if I didn’t come downstairs she was going to come up to my room and drag me out! haha! So I complied simply because I was scared of her!! So I get in the car with her and another friend, Julie Martin. On our way there Roxanne said that she wanted to stop by Hafer Park first because there was a place in it that her boyfriend thought she might like to get married at. My response: “Fine, but I’m not getting out of the car! It’s cold!” So we get to the spot and it’s a little gazebo by the pond. Roxanne then forces me to get out of the car, much to my disdain, saying she wants to go look at it. So as we’re walking up to it Roxanne says “Aww, look! Christmas lights!” I replied with saying, “Yeah, someone stupid probably forgot to take them down after Christmas.” haha! Then once we’re at the gazebo we walk down to a lower part of it and from around the corner across from us I see a guy walk around it and I notice that he is smiling at us. My first thought, “Oh my goodness, there is some creepy man here! We’ve got to get out of here!!” So I turn to look at Roxanne and Julie to see what they’re going to do and they were just smiling like little fools! I was so confused and scared and wanting to get out of there!! But for some reason I turned to look at the person again…and it was Mike!! So then Julie and Roxanne walk off and Mike and I start walking towards each other where we meet in the middle of the Christmas lights. He then said wonderfully sweet things and proposed! :)

(More pictures coming soon!!)

Friday, February 2, 2007

A Gift From Home

This week I received my care package from Memorial Drive and the children's ministry. I'd forgotten about those and was very surprised and excited when I saw the pink slip in my mailbox! The care package was filled with all sorts of fun and interesting goodies that are great for a college student! I am so blessed to be a part of a church that still thinks of their members while they are away.